Laws on dating coworkers

Q: My business partner is dating one of his direct reports.

To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, he wants her to report to me instead.

She is a married woman, but I noticed that she likes my boyfriend as a friend very well, which I believe she treated my bf as a friend instead of as a coworker.

After she knows we are dating, she started reacting weird.

(Because, seriously, who would want to work on that team?

So, from both the business and ethical perspectives—to keep your staff from getting distracted by a soap opera and to give the employee involved an opportunity to leave a complicated situation and come out even (or ahead) professionally—you should focus on separating the work and romantic relationships.

Once you have this situation sorted out, I recommend taking a look at the larger issue of interoffice romances.

Your partner’s expectation that you will now supervise his love interest isn’t coming from a place of leadership or ethical awareness.

When a supervisor dates an employee it is never a private matter.

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